Erin Mcallum

 Erin is co-mentoring a team from Warragul Regional College

Erin is co-mentoring a team from Warragul Regional College

  • Describe your research.

I am a biochemist and neuroscientist working at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. I research the chemical changes that happen in the brain to cause a disease known as dementia with Lewy bodies – a complicated disease that can be thought of as a combination of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Do you have a mentor?

There are many scientists that I look up to and admire, some that I work with and some that I have never met and I am lucky enough to have several mentors that give me advice on different parts of my career. One mentor that requires special mention is Dr Dominic Hare, an incredible scientist who is working to determine the early causes of Parkinson’s disease.

  • How did you find your mentor?

Dominic and myself have worked together at the Florey for several years and I watched him transition from an early career postdoc, like myself, into the head of his own Laboratory.

  • How does your mentor empower you?

My mentors empower me by providing constructive feedback on all of my work, by acting as sounding boards for my ideas and by encouraging me to be creative and try new things. Being a young scientist in academia is tough and my mentors remind me everyday what success looks like and that it can be achieved.

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